Department of Education Focuses on Parents and Students During Math Week – Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Department of Education and Youth is expected to reach over 20,000 students and their parents during Maths Week, which runs from March 27 to April 1.

This year’s theme is “Born to Do Math”, and according to the National Mathematics Coordinator, Dr. Tamika Benjamin, the ministry is again using its 2021 theme, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges faced. by teachers and students. in the subject during the period.

“The ministry wants to reinforce that all of our students are able to do math and do it well,” she said.

The Week’s activities begin with a worship service at May Pen New Testament Church of God, Clarendon. This should start at 8:00 a.m.

It will be followed by a virtual Careers in Mathematics Roundtable on Monday, March 28.

The objective of this activity is to explore new and emerging careers in the field of mathematics with students at all levels of the education system. On Tuesday, March 29, a Virtual Parent Maths Forum will be held under a sub-theme, “Born to Do Math: Changing Your Mindset.”

“The purpose of this forum is also to reinforce with parents that their children are capable of doing math and to share some key tips to equip and empower them to effectively help their children engage with the subject” , said Dr. Benjamin.

Another roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, targeting teachers, and will be broadcast live on Nationwide News Network. The focus is on how math can be taught effectively and how to engage students in a way that builds enthusiasm for the subject.

The highlight of Maths Week 2022 will be the traditional Math Expo on Thursday, March 31. This virtual event will feature a series of activities featuring presentations showcasing math in a variety of industries. There will also be level-appropriate games and competitions that students can participate in throughout the day.

Participants in this activity include the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), social media influencers, musicians, fashion designers and carpenters.

The Week’s activities will culminate with a new addition – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Forum. This hybrid event will take place at the Courtleigh Hotel, Kingston. It will introduce math in STEM and students will also have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion and hear from panelists in various STEM-based fields.

Dr Benjamin emphasized that the goal of Maths Week 2022 is to engage all stakeholders – students, teachers and parents.